For chocolate lovers, Anne Marie Rumbol’s work as a food buyer for Marks & Spencer in the UK would have been a dream job.

I worked with all the sweet stuff like cream cakes, desserts and chocolate gift packs ” she said. Responsible for product sampling, negotiating with suppliers, quality control and product creation, she admits, however, that, like wine tasting, it was impossible to actually consume every delicacy she tasted!

Checking out new products and ingredients also meant trips to Europe and the USA as well as a stint in France training staff in the company’s continental outlets.

After more than 20 years, however, her life took a new turn. She and  husband Phil decided to give up their jobs and, with their two sons, embarked on a three-month trip to South America, which included a week exploring the amazing Galapagos Islands. On their return, she decided to make her love for yoga a new career and started teaching Vinyasa Flow which she had been studying for many years.

In 2020, her husband’s work involved a move to Berlin. Covid restrictions threatened to turn her arrival into something of an anticlimax. Unable to explore her new home properly and missing friends and family – including her grown-up sons – back in the UK, she could have found life difficult . Joining the BIWC, however, has enabled her to make new friends and contacts.

I have met some really friendly women and they have been so helpful, contacting me with advice and information in answer to my questions. I have been walking with the Tiergarten Group and they are great company. We can only walk in two’s due to the restrictions so we swap partners every week.

Anne Marie also took on the Club’s Evening Group where her one-off, free online session on facial massage was so well received that she is offering another one in May on breathing techniques that can help regulate the nervous system, heart rate and mental focus.

When we are free to do more things, I’m also looking forward to doing some charity work with the Club.

Anne Marie’s email is:

Thanks to Liz, member of the web team, for talking to Anne Marie.

Since this interview, Anne Marie has also taken on the role of Membership Secretary.